$35,000 road upgrade completed in Smithfield

Friday, 28 November 2014

The Australian Government is delivering on its plan to strengthen local communities through better local roads, investing $35,000 in the recently completed The Horsley Drive and Bourke Street intersection upgrade, as part of its record $500 million investment in the national Black Spot Programme.

Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon. Marise Payne, today joined Fairfield City Mayor, Frank Carbone, to inspect the project at the intersection of The Horsley Drive and Bourke Street at Smithfield, which was completed by Fairfield City Council earlier this month.

The upgrade comprised the installation of a median island to restrict motorists to left-hand turns when entering and leaving Bourke Street north, preventing them turning right and crossing traffic.

“The completion of this project is great news for local residents and other motorists who use this busy road to travel to work or visit friends and family,” Senator Payne said.

“Black Spot projects like this one target dangerous roads and intersections in order to save lives and reduce road trauma, ensuring our local roads are safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

“Anyone can suggest a black spot they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade, and we strongly encourage all councils and individuals to submit their nominations.”

Mayor Carbone said he was delighted to announce the completion of the upgrade.

“By installing this median island, Council has been able to tackle a known trouble-spot that has caused a number of right-turn accidents in recent years,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Providing safe and efficient local roads is a core function of Council business and the Black Spot Programme is an important contributor to our efforts in this area.

“Fairfield City is grateful for the assistance and funding provided by Senator Payne and the Australian Government to allow this investment to proceed – this is a great example of all levels of government working together to improve local communities.”

Further information and nomination forms can be downloaded from: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/index.aspx